Sustainable Fall Lookbook

Fall is a favorite time of year for many. From apple cider donuts to pumpkin pie, from crisp leaves to cosy campfires, there is just so much to love about this season. The heat of summer has given way to cool crisp weather and, with that change, comes an almost unavoidable urge to refresh ones’ fall wardrobe. In past years, I would shop at a variety of fast fashion stores to get some cheap and trendy items to add to my closet. This year however, I learned about the harm that the fast fashion industry does to our planet and to other humans in less fortunate circumstances than I. What once seemed a harmless, other than to my wallet, activity now seemed wildly irresponsible and selfish. What is a fall-fashion-loving girl to do?!

After some research, I decided the most ethical thing to do would be to shop my own closet and thrift for any supplemental pieces I might need. I grew up thrifting out of necessity and, as thrifting was not en vogue at the time, I struggled to find enjoyment in it. However, after visiting several thrift shops recently, I can say with certainty, that I now enjoy thrifting more than purchasing clothes new. Beyond simply being a sustainable option, it is also just a lot of fun! The prices are great and the pay-off of finding a gorgeous jacket for $3.99 can not be overstated. It feels like a bit of a treasure hunt. I love that you can find quality clothes at a lower price than you would find at a fast fashion retailer, that would barely hold up for a season.

The following outfits were made from items that I already had in my closet and include at least one thrifted item each. Discovering new ways to use my clothing was such a fun activity and I learned a lot along the way! I have included a tip for shopping your own closet or thrifting pieces under each photo. I hope this post will inspire you to do the same while refreshing your fall wardrobe.

| Thrifted Jacket |

This outfit is a good example of how to stretch the use of summer clothes into cooler weather. Pair a sundress with a warm jacket, over-the-knee socks and a chunky boot and you have the perfect outfit for a sunny fall date at the apple orchard!

| Thrifted Scarf |

Accessories make all the difference! They can elevate a plain sweater dress like this one, into a colorful outfit, full of interest. Some of my favorite accessories have been found at thrift stores. I find that many people do not even think about looking through the accessories. I would recommend taking a moment to peruse end caps and display cases near the front of the store as this is where many thrift stores keep their scarves, jewelry, belts, hats, and bags.

| Thrifted Pants | Thrifted Sweater |

Thrift shop regularly and often. You should not shop at thrift shops in the same way you would at a regular store. The goal should not be to find all the items you are looking for at once. Since the items in thrift shops are constantly changing, it is better to check in often and purchase one or two pieces than to try to shop for everything at once. Instead of shopping only for the season you are in, take the time to check the other racks as well. You might find a perfect summer dress in the middle of winter.

| Thrifted Pants |

Look for items that go well with things you already own. It is helpful to have a good idea of what you already have in your closet and an awareness of what gaps exist in what you own. I love an amazing jacket or interesting top and, as a result, I have noticed that I struggle to find the perfect bottoms to pair with my tops and jackets. Lately, I have been on the lookout for pants to help round out my wardrobe. These flared culottes were an amazing option as they can be styled for day wear or a night out!

| Thrifted Flannel | Thrifted Sweater |

Always check the men’s section to find flannels, fleeces, sweaters, and brand-name outdoor items. For some reason, I always seem to find better options for these things in the mens section than I do in the women’s section. This gorgeous, thermal-lined flannel is a good example of a men’s section find.

| Thrifted Sweater | Thrifted Jacket |

Restyle your favorite pieces in a variety of ways. As you may have noticed, I have used both the jacket, the sweater, and the belt in a variety of ways in several different outfits. Play around with what you already, have and you may find that you have a lot more outfit options than you might initially think. Happy shopping and, above all, happy fall y’all!